Transdisciplinary Training in

Sleep and Circadian Research (T32)

Supported by NIH T32 HL149646 and

the College of Arts and Sciences and the Vice Chancellor for Research

at the University of Colorado Boulder

 

This training program aims to recruit, select and retain outstanding trainees, promote inclusive excellence, provide high quality training, educational, and career development experiences to prepare trainees for research-intensive and research-related careers; shape tomorrow’s scientific leaders, foster rigorous and collaborative sleep and circadian science, ensure successful progress of trainees toward predetermined milestones defined in Individual Development Plans; and expand the number of investigators conducting transdisciplinary sleep and circadian science.

Programmatic Goals

The University of Colorado transdisciplinary training program is designed to prepare outstanding pre-(PhD) and post-(PhD, MD/PhD, MD) doctoral fellows for science careers that address cutting-edge basic and clinical research questions that represent the future of biomedical research. The training program will foster transdisciplinary research with state-of-the-art technologies and methods used by participating T32 faculty laboratories.

The program is novel in that it exposes trainees and faculty from diverse biomedical research backgrounds to collaborative sleep and circadian science. Similarly, current sleep and circadian trainees and expert faculty benefit from meaningful interactions with investigators from different research backgrounds, particularly those from biomedical research areas that are of high importance to the NIH.

The research training activities of the participating T32 faculty emphasize transdisciplinary training in sleep and circadian physiology with research programs focused on cardiovascular, genetics/genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, biomarker development, bioinformatics, biostatistics, epidemiology, stress physiology, immunology, endocrinology, metabolism, obesity, diabetes, neuroscience, pediatrics, development, aging, psychiatry, and pulmonary and behavioral sleep medicine.

Career development is an important part of our program and we actively help our doctoral and post-doctoral trainees obtain their next training or job placements and assist them with future career advancement.  Details on the required core curriculum and training activities can be found here.

Diversity / Inclusive Excellence Strategy

This T32 is committed to inclusive excellence and diversity in the training of future biomedical research scientists. We aim to train a diverse workforce through the participation of trainees from all groups in our research teams. We seek and encourage applications from outstanding trainees including, but not limited to, underrepresented minorities, underserved communities, trainees with disabilities, individuals who identify as sexual orientation/gender minorities, first generation college students, and women. Diversity is highly valued by our scientific community as it provides innovative, balanced, and informed perspectives that enhances scientific productivity and fosters the growth of the scientific field.

Diversity and inclusive excellence efforts at CU start at the undergraduate level

See CU institutional and external information on career development resources for diverse trainee populations, such as the CU Boulder- Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training Program (SMART), which is intended for undergraduate students who are interested in preparing for graduate degrees in science, math and engineering. The summer program provides students the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and participate in workshops designed to strengthen scientific writing and oral presentation skills; the CU Anschutz - Graduate Experience for Multicultural Students (GEMS) which provides undergraduate students with research opportunities and exposure to the realistic lifestyle of biomedical research https://www.colorado.edu/biologyadvising/research

Many of our T32 training faculty also participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) https://www.colorado.edu/urop/.  Information on undergraduate research opportunities can be found at the laboratory webpages of the T32 training faculty.

Public Health Relevance

Insufficient sleep and circadian dysregulation cause, promote and exacerbate major medical health problems such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, depression and respiratory disorders. The number of investigators being trained in transdisciplinary sleep and circadian research cannot keep pace with the accelerating health-care problems associated with insufficient sleep and circadian dysregulation. This training program aims to increase the number of researchers in the pipeline and facilitate the development of the next generation of scientific leaders; and thereby, this training program will ultimately contribute to knowledge of integrative physiological mechanisms and the treatment of disease that will advance the health and well-being of the public.

Further Information 

Training faculty

Summer School

Core Curriclum 

If you have questions about applying for a pre or postdoctoral training slot, please send them to ttscr@colorado.edu

We expect the next round of applications to be announced in December 2020.